Scuola Grande della Misericordia di Venezia
17 April – 30 September 2024
Wednesday to Monday, 10am – 6pm
Closed Tuesday

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is pleased to announce Zeng Fanzhi: Near and Far/Now and Then, an exhibition featuring new works by renowned artist Zeng Fanzhi (b. 1964) on view concurrently with the 2024 edition of La Biennale di Venezia. With an installation designed by architect Tadao Ando, the exhibition is mounted in the historic Scuola Grande della Misericordia from April 17 to September 30, 2024.

Installation photograph of the LACMA exhibition Zeng Fanzhi: Near and Far/Now and Then, Scuola Grande Della Misericordia in Venice, Italy, April 17–September 30, 2024, © Zeng Fanzhi. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich

Presented in this exhibition are the latest breakthroughs in the artist’s practice. Zeng Fanzhi: Near and Far/Now and Then will premiere two recent bodies of work by the artist: new abstract paintings and the debut of works on handmade paper rendered in ink, graphite, chalk, and gold dust, among other mineral pigments. Emerging from the artist’s decades of research in color theory, Zeng’s new oil paintings draw on and challenge Impressionist and Pointillist practices, with layers of brushwork creating figurative elements that are readily recognizable from afar but dissolved when viewed up close.

Zeng’s works on handmade paper, rendered in ink, graphite, chalk, gold dust, and other mineral pigments, ambitiously combine Christian, Buddhist, and literati iconography, pointing to a new direction in his practice.

This exhibition is organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The exhibition is co-curated by Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director, and Stephen Little, Florence and Harry Sloan Curator of Chinese Art and Department Head, Chinese, Korean, and South and Southeast Asian Art.

Major support is provided by East West Bank, Mr. and Mrs. Cheung Chung Kiu, Simian Foundation, Clara Wu Tsai, and Hauser & Wirth. Support for this exhibition is also generously provided by LACMA’s Global Ambassadors.

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